Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Sassy Apron - Received!

Came home from work, saw package in mail box, looked at return address on package, thought it might be the apron from the sassy apron swap, got super excited when I saw "Giabella Designs", ripped open package, and look what was inside...

L-O-V-E IT!

The details are suburb. The apron tie is long enough to wrap around and tie in front (as shown above) tie to either side, or tie in the back. The bottom is trimmed with box pleated fabric that must have been incredibly time consuming - and it was done beautifully.

Have you discovered her blog yet? Hop on over and see close ups of this apron that were posted before she mailed it off. There's even a tutorial for making the box pleat trim if you're interested.

Thank you so much for this great summer apron! It will bring a smile to my face every time I wear it.
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Monday, June 02, 2008

Catching up on the tag games...

Fair warning - no sewing stuff today - just a few games of tag from the sewing blog world.

Tag game number 1 - get to know me
Tagged by Charity (man, oh man do I love her stuff!) a game of tag to help us know one another better.

What was I doing 10 years ago?
I was newly (re)married, working at a job I intensely disliked (selling steel), preparing to put home on the market, and spending lots of time sewing :-)

What are five things on my to-do list today?

  • Go to work- Done
  • Ship orders from my Etsy pattern shop – Done
  • Pick up drycleaning order – Done
  • Wash clothes – ugh, where *do* all those dirty clothes come from?
  • Practice animal faces for an upcoming face painting gig – as soon as I get off of the computer

Snacks I enjoy:
M&M’s and Tostitos bite size round tortilla chips - hold the salsa

Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

  • Give money to our church – it’d be so cool if we could afford our own church building
  • Support all my fave charities including World Vision, Cheerful Givers, Last Hope Pet Adoption, Samaritan’s Purse, and Union Gospel Mission.
  • Buy my children and siblings new homes and my parents a townhome (if they wanted one)
  • Travel with my hubby - I've always wanted to see Ireland
  • Finish the lower level in our home as well as the landscaping.
  • Buy an embroidery machine and a machine dedicated to making buttonholes
  • Hire a coach to teach me how to sing on key

Places I have lived:

  • Denver, CO
  • Wichita, KS
  • Seabrook, TX
  • And Minnesota

What type(s) of work have I done?

  • Babysitter (child)
  • Choreographer and director (child – I organized a dance recital with the neighborhood kids and charged the moms to come and watch – my sisters still tease me about the uninspiring dances I made them perform.)
  • Assistant dance instructor (teen – worked with the preschoolers)
  • Sold Barbie doll clothes that I designed and sewed (did the craft show circuit for years beginning at age 17)
  • Bussed dishes (teen)
  • Postal worker - sorted mail and packages (teen)
  • Sales clerk – Joann Fabrics and Minnesota Fabrics (back when the fabrics were luscious and the model garments were spectacular)
  • Keypunch operator (showing my age here)
  • Computer operator (graveyard shift)
  • Sales (inside) – industrial instrumentation equipment; safety control equipment (for large machinery); ribs (the food kind); and steel
  • Drapery workroom owner – (operated a drapery workroom part time until carpel tunnel helped change my mind about that line of work)
  • Marketing assistant
  • Administrative assistant (my least favorite job)
  • Communications – media relations (love this one!)

Tag game number 2 - The literary meme

Blakely and Emily both tagged me for the literary meme. They probably thought I was ignoring them, but honest I wasn't! In case you've forgotten, here are the instructions:

1. Pick up the nearest book, 2. Turn to page 123, 3. Find the fifth sentence, 4. Post the next three sentences, 5. Tag five people and acknowledge who tagged you.

I'm actually re-reading this one - Thorn in My Heart by Liz Curtis Higgs. "Rose had hoped to have a full month to convince Leana and Jamie of their mutual affection and chase old Fergus away. It seemed she might have that much time and more. She grinned as she carefully refolded the letter."

Again, I'm not tagging anyone because I think this one flew around the Internet recently.


Tag number 3 - Seven (weird) things about me
Okay, gotta be honest here. My dear friend Stacey actually tagged me 43 days ago for a seven facts about me and for some reason when she tagged me she wrote "because she ignores my tags and I like that elephant in the room for a few weeks" LOL! Does the girl know me or what.
  1. I once tried to balance on one foot on the top of a nail that was sticking out of a piece of wood. It didn't work - the nail went into my foot. I was ten.
  2. My family was in a car accident when I was seven. My head went partially thru a car window and I still recall seeing myself sitting in the back seat covered in blood. Freaky huh?
  3. I adored my older brother and copied whatever he did. One night when I was four and we were supposed to be sleeping, he showed me how to rock forward on the bed and then somersault backwards. I rocked forward, cracked my head open on the metal bed and had to go the emergency room for stitches.
  4. Driving to work one day I "saw" my sister's car in an accident - but there was no accident and she hadn't even left for work yet. Turns out she had an minor accident in that same place later that day.
  5. I chased a girl home from the playground after she teased me about my poor singing ability. I didn't know what I'd do if I caught her so I let her outrun me.
  6. When four boys chased me home (in fourth grade) I outran them and then tattled. They all got in trouble the next day. Can you say "teacher's pet?"
  7. In high school I was too shy to try out as a cheerleader so I ended up on dance line - no talking required.
Considering this one is from six weeks ago, I won't tag anyone.

So, anyone still awake?





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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Sassy Apron Swap - Done!

The theme this time around for the sassy apron swap was summer fun.

What could be more fun than a summer fiesta?
(Well, maybe a Hawaii 5-0 party if someone was turning the big 5-0 this summer .... oh wait! I someone I know is...)


Sewn from a vintage Advance apron pattern - number 6607.


Advance 6607 Apron

As you can see, my pattern envelope is in rough shape but the pieces were all intact. They are not printed and this was the first time I had sewn with a pattern that used holes for markings - quite interesting.

I traced the pieces rather than risk ruining the pattern as I wasn't sure how fragile they would be from years of storage.

(I couldn't find a date on this pattern - does anyone know what year it might have been from?)

Anyway, look at the pockets on this baby! Large enough to hide your margarita AND the burnt pot roast
(which probably happened because you were busy sampling the margaritas!)

One requirement this time around was that the apron needed to have sewn embellishments. So the pockets are adorned with ric-rac - notice the red, white and blue on top of the giant yellow ric-rac? My tribute to Independence Day.

The upper back closes with a button and buttonhole so three buttons were used to make it adjustable.



I only had two yards of this fabric and it took almost every inch. I'm heading back to Treadle Yard Goods next week to see if there's any left, because (as usual) I love the apron I sewed and wish I could keep it.

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